Emmanuel Macron starts China visit in Silk Road gateway city of Xian


French President Macron embraced China’s massive “Belt and Road” development project but said that trade must be a two-way street. He said Europe and China needed each other in the future, so they had to work together.  At the start of his three-day state visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron gave voice to European concerns about Beijing’s massive Silk Road revival plan while also calling on European leaders to put aside their concerns and support an effort that is aimed at developing trade.

“Our destinies are linked,” he said during a keynote speech to businesspeople, academics and students at the Daming Palace — the royal residence for more than 220 years of the Tang dynasty — in the northern city of Xian, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

But Macron also warned China about European concerns regarding China’s “Belt and Road” project — a massive $1 trillion (€830 billion) development plan aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road that once generated a flourishing trade in fabrics, spices and a plethora of other goods…
Read more : Deutsche Welle, 08.01.2018